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Nicole Winfield

Nicole Winfield is an author at Religion News Service.

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Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The three Christian leaders spoke on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference Sunday.

Pope accuses critics of exploiting Pope Benedict XVI’s death

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis accused some of his critics Sunday of taking advantage of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s death.

Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

By Jean-yves Kamale, Nicole Winfield, and Christina Malkia — February 2, 2023
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Deafening cheers and chants greeted Francis on his last full day in Congo as he joined tens of thousands of young people at the Martyrs’ Stadium in the capital, Kinshasa. The Vatican said more than 65,000 people attended.

The AP Interview: Pope says homosexuality not a crime

By Nicole Winfield — January 25, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Declaring such laws 'unjust,' Francis said the Catholic Church can and should work to put an end to them.

‘Catastrophe’: Cardinal Pell’s secret memo blasts Francis

By Nicole Winfield — January 12, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — As Pope Francis will deliver a final send-off for Cardinal George Pell at a funeral Mass on Saturday, the Vatican said, as revelations emerge of the Australian prelate’s growing concern about what he considered the “disaster” and “catastrophe” of the papacy under Francis.

German cardinal guards Benedict’s intellectual legacy

By Nicole Winfield — January 5, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict entrusted his life’s theological works to Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who has spent nearly two decades organizing them in a 16-volume, 25,000-page opus along the lines of Thomas Aquinas’ 'Summa Theologica.'

Benedict’s resignation sparked calls for retirement protocol

By Nicole Winfield — December 31, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — For a church that prides itself on unity and believes in the singular primacy of the pope, any confusion over who’s really in charge is not a small thing.

Vatican: Benedict XVI lucid, stable, but condition ‘serious’

By Nicole Winfield — December 29, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The diocese of Rome scheduled a special Mass in honor of Benedict on Friday at St. John Lateran.

Anti-abortion priest Pavone defrocked for blasphemous posts

By Nicole Winfield — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — In a tweet Sunday, Pavone sounded defiant, comparing his fate to that of the unborn.

Jesuit case underscores secrecy, leniency for abuse of women

By Nicole Winfield — December 15, 2022
ROME (AP) — While the Jesuits barred Rupnik from hearing confessions or giving spiritual direction, the restrictions on his ministry did not prevent him from celebrating Mass or preaching.

Vatican cardinal sues for defamation in Quebec assault claim

By Nicole Winfield — December 14, 2022
ROME (AP) — Ouellet’s countersuit, filed Tuesday in the Superior Court in Quebec, repeats the cardinal’s firm denial and says he has no recollection of meeting his accuser.

Pope on Mexican feast day sympathizes with migrant caravans

By Nicole Winfield — December 13, 2022
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis sympathized Monday with the caravans of Latin Americans “seeking freedom and well-being” in the U.S. as he celebrated a major feast day dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe with a Mass.

Pope reschedules Congo, South Sudan trip for Jan. 31-Feb. 5

By Nicole Winfield and Deng Machol — December 2, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The trip will not include a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east, but will fulfill a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan.

Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees

By Nicole Winfield — November 25, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard a secret recording of Pope Francis about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants.

Pope links plight of Ukrainians today to Stalin’s ‘genocide’

By Nicole Winfield — November 24, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pontiff's willingness to call the starvation of Ukrainians 90 years ago a “genocide,” and his linking it to Ukrainian deaths today, marked a sharp escalation in papal rhetoric against Russia
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